South Indians celebrate Kavady festival

2018-01-25 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Kavady celebrations in Marburg last year.

PHOTO: supplied Kavady celebrations in Marburg last year.

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THAI Poosam Kavady is a South Indian festival celebrated all around the world over a period of 10 days in devotion to Lord Muruga.

The period of Thai falls in January and February when the moon is in full phase.

A Kavady is a pole with loads on either ends, this symbolises the burdens one carries.

The story of Kavady began when a fight broke out between Iduman a disciple of Agasthiyai and Lord Muruga­, Iduman was asked to carry two hills which symbolise Shiv Shakti (two inherent forces in human beings), he set down his burden and decided to take rest when he was then confronted by Lord Muruga.

A fight broke out and Iduman was destroyed. He was then revived by Lord Muruga and pardoned. A change overcame Iduman and he became Lord Murugas greatest devotee, he carried the first Kavady in pure devotion of Lord Muruga.

Lord Muruga symbolises wisdom and knowledge and is known as the God of war, he is the protector and problem solver in the lives of his devotees.

A flag is raised on the first day to mark the beginning of the 10 day fast.

Umbango Sri Siva Soobramoniar alayam invites all who would like to be a part of the Kavady celebration.

The flag hoisting is the first prayer which will take place at the temple at 1pm, festivities commence at 5pm during the week and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday during the 10- day period.

The Thai Poosam Kavady will take place on January 30 at 12pm and the public kavady on Febuary 4 at 5.30am followed by the flag de-hoisting and the final Iduman prayer on February 6.

“All are welcome to attend the Kavady festival, this is an auspicious time to ask the almighty for all that you want and to prove your devotion and gratefulness, for those who would like to part take in the festival we will be there to guide you on how it is done per tradition.

“The festival is exciting and powerful, Kavady bookings are opened from January 21,” said Cohen Pillay.

On the ninth day devotees gather to decorate their kavadies, during the 10 days the community comes together to pray and bhajans are rendered.

“The atmosphere is always colourful and vibrant, the most important part of the kavady festival is the milk which is attached to the kavady that is carried, the milk represents your burdens and its poured at the feet of Lord Muruga, said Pillay.

Vetri vel Muruganike, arohara.”


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